A Canadian tradition on the streets of Mississauga is up for discussion

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Published July 9, 2024 at 10:33 am

Sports on streets of Mississauga.

The future of a Canadian pastime is up for debate in Mississauga as city officials consider whether road hockey and other sports should be allowed on the streets.

Current City of Mississauga bylaws that prohibit playing sports and using nets/equipment (hockey and basketball) on roadways are not often enforced. When they are, it’s usually in response to a public complaint, city officials said during earlier public discussion.

Most city councillors who discussed the matter at a June 2023 council meeting were in favour of allowing the activity to continue, citing the exercise it provides young people and other benefits.

Moving forward, the city is reviewing its bylaws and seeking feedback from residents before it makes any decision. Mississauga residents are urged to complete an online survey that will inform city officials as they discuss the matter further.

“Currently, playing sports and using sports equipment on local roads is enforced on a complaint basis and issues are resolved through education,” the city said in a news release issued Monday.

Deadline for the survey to be completed is Aug. 6.

“The survey will help the city understand what sports are currently played on streets, how often sports are played on streets and if residents have any feedback or concerns,” officials said.

They added responses will inform recommendations for potential changes to bylaws, including:

  • what sports, if any, should be permitted on Mississauga streets
  • if allowed, when and where street sports should be permitted in Mississauga
  • where sports equipment should be stored when not in use
  • how the updated bylaws will be enforced

In June 2023, city council passed a motion directing staff to produce a report that would review the city’s current bylaws as they relate to sports and sports equipment on roads in Mississauga.

Following feedback from the public this summer, staff will table a final report at council this fall.

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